Take a well-deserved long weekend with a home exchange!

Looking to disconnect, but worried about travel advisories surrounding the coronavirus? You don’t have to go far to achieve that relaxed, holiday feel. HomeExchange is an ideal option for short getaways, even when you don't want to leave your hometown.

HomeExchange lets you travel and live like a local anywhere in the world, but with a home swap close to home, you really ARE a local!While some people might think that an exchange is better suited for extended trips in far-off places, many of our community members enjoy the ease of last-minute getaways. In fact, if you haven’t arranged an exchange yet, a weekend swap might be just the ticket to get you started. Sometimes the most exciting vacations can be closer than you think.

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Here are a few ways to make the most of your short-term exchange.

1. Rediscover your region

A fresh perspective can help to realize the wonders that surround us. You don't have to board a plane to find the beauty in the world— hidden gems are probably right outside your door. There is no better way to discover something new than by slipping into the shoes of another home exchanger. Staying in someone else's home can give you fresh inspiration and creativity and even motivate you to redecorate your own home when you get back! Even during a short exchange, you can begin to see your area differently and experience a change of scenery, all without having to travel far!

“Sometimes the closest destinations are the most exotic.” – Irene, HomeExchange member


2. Head to a nearby city

Take the time to enjoy a weekend, extended or not, to clear your mind and discover one of the many cities or towns that are nearby. Either option has a lot to offer: there can be cultural activities for the whole family, or breathtaking natural views, and don’t forget about all the delicious food at restaurants you haven't gotten to try yet. Whether in major cities or more rural settings, visiting them through a home swap is one of the best ways to visit. After all, your exchange partners will be more than happy to offer you some advice and recommendations on what to see from a local’s perspective.

When you sign in to your HomeExchange profile, you will notice recommendations for home exchanges available for the next week that are fewer than four hours away from your home. This feature comes in handy when you are making a last-minute exchange!


3. Attend a festival or event

There are so many festivals, fairs, amusement parks and other attractions and events that are popular in the summer, but it can be challenging to budget everything in. That’s where HomeExchange comes in! As some locals might like to avoid the festival crowds, it’s an ideal time to reach out and see about arranging an exchange. They get to avoid the rush, and you can experience all the excitement of the event without breaking the bank!

4. Explore a local tourist destination in the off-season

Long weekends, especially during the off-season, are a perfect opportunity to go to major tourist destinations. Whether you want to head to the beach in winter or the mountains in summer, you can easily talk with members of HomeExchange and find the perfect time to visit when it's not too crowded.


5. Let yourself be surprised by the home exchange offers

The magic of house swapping being a part of a community that shares the same values of trust and hospitality. This network allows you to receive requests for exchanges from all areas and walks of life. So why not say “yes” to one of the inquiries you just received? Even if you had never thought of going to the location, it could be the opportunity to build an incredible memory!

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